I’m skipping Nintendo Switch OLED and waiting for a Switch Pro — here’s why


The Nintendo Switch OLED dropped out of the blue, and it feels like it could be the victim of high expectations (not that it won’t sell well). But if my personal reactions are shared with anyone else, I’m pretty sure many existing Switch owners aren’t seeing much of a reason to upgrade.

In the months (and years) leading to this announcement, we’d heard about a Nintendo Switch Pro and a Nintendo Switch 2, consoles that would dramatically upgrade Nintendo’s super-popular handheld gaming device. 4K rendering and a new faster chip were rumored upgrades that Nintendo was looking to deliver. And then, we got the Switch OLED, a dramatically different system.

The Nintendo Switch OLED isn’t for the TV

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I can think of one, and only one, example of a current Nintendo Switch owner who should consider the Switch OLED. The folks who primarily play it detached and undocked. That includes Switch Lite owners such as my colleague Kate Kozuch, who explained that the Switch OLED is what she’s been waiting for.

It’s those folks who often detach their Switch who are going to see that probably-nice 7-inch OLED display. I bet it’s going to be good, but during the last years I’ve rarely ever looked at the LCD panel in my Switch, because I primarily use it plugged into my TV. Maybe in about a year or two, once I’m traveling more often, I’d consider picking up the OLED model.

Nintendo Switch OLED

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Same goes for that nice new kickstand. I was really happy to see Nintendo stop using the very annoying and difficult-to-open kickstand that the Nintendo Switch has relied upon forever. I spent so much time trying to open that kickstand, prying at it with my nails (and at least one credit card) that I’m still shocked it made it out of quality assurance at Nintendo. 

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